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Marijuana, Marihuana and Mariguana: What’s in a Name?

By Daniel Shortt

Photo by Didier le Ger, used under Creative Commons License.

Photo by Didier le Ger, used under Creative Commons License.

Cannabis is known by many names in the US. The most popular moniker is “marijuana” and has been for some time. In 2013, AlJazeera America documented the history of the term. In the 19th century, cannabis was the preferred term, found on medicine bottles throughout the country. The switch to marijuana occurred around 1910, at the time of the Mexican Revolution. The war displaced thousands of Mexican peasants, who migrated to the American south and brought with them “mariguana.”

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